World Password Day

For those who don't know it yet, World Password Day will be celebrated this year, exactly may 7.

A rather unprecedented event but whose importance is not negligible. In a certain sense this celebration is still ironic in that for some time, several professionals, suppliers and specialists have been actively working to eliminate this very first protocol of security access or connection. So why celebrate something that is destined to disappear, so for researchers to evoke for 2021, a day without a password.

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It must be emphasized that the elimination of the password is a concept that has been around for a long time. The idea is to rid users of some drawbacks that the password has unfortunately shown since the explosion of digital services demanding are use. For example, the user can forget his password, he can pass it on to someone without doing it on purpose, which puts him in great danger. The password is becoming more and more easily hackable, which now pushes platforms to demand password compositions that are increasingly difficult for users to retain in memory. In other words, this excellent computer tool of yesteryear is starting to lose its beauty and it is becoming more and more dangerous to use it without first taking certain precautions, such as multi-factor authentication. This is not done to make life easier for users who in most cases neglect actions and recommendations. "Users are tired of creating new passwords for different services and having to change combinations regularly, depending on the requirements of security policies. To reduce memorization, many end up relying on simplistic passwords that are easy to decipher or reuse on multiple sites. Explained Laurent Nezot, Sales Manager France at Yubico. In this context, experts consider passwords to be the weakest links in computer security.

According to Gartner, by 2022, the majority of businesses and public institutions will be able to deploy a set of authentication methods without the password to 50% of their computer hardware and programs. For Laurent Nezot, it won't be that easy. Because even though it is much criticized, the password is strongly rooted in practices, so it will be difficult to change habits overnight. But it does not neglect risky practices regarding the use of passwords. "Today,"Companies are looking for ways to leverage the digitalization and massive use of smartphones to deliver improved products and services faster and more efficiently. However, organizations that pursue ambitious plans to streamline customer and employee paths face challenges related to the protection of their resources. Security technologies and controls are in place to protect the company, but these same controls can frustrate individuals, especially when it comes to passwords. He notes that

According to a study conducted by Yubico, 48% of IT professionals, and 39% of individuals tend to set the same passwords for multiple accounts. This exposes them greatly in case of computer hacking.Because it is enough for the Cybercriminals to discover a flaw in one of its accounts. With the explosion of phishing, we really need to start worrying about this kind of neglect. "Perfectly imitated fake emails invite users to enter their credentials in order to retrieve them, then take control of accounts and access personal data. Thus, even the most complex passwords are no longer enough to prevent hackers from infiltrating. ».

If in the past the password has proven by its usefulness. Today, the evolution of cybercrime and the proliferation of digital services make its use less ergonomic and less safe. Businesses are spending more and more to improve their IT systems, and passwords are among the problems they tend to raise most often. So, the solution seems obvious, finding a way to get rid of the password is no longer a simple requirement but a necessity for them. "As long as business IT services have to rely on passwords for authentication, support requirements will be costly. Not to mention inadequate security and frustrating experiences for customers that are unavoidable. Forgotten and stolen passwords degrade their level of satisfaction, reduce brand loyalty and contribute to lost revenue. It is therefore time for companies to realize the value of breaking passwords and realizing the need to abandon their traditional authentication methods that are no longer adapted to current threats and technologies, which have evolved significantly over the past decade. concludes Laurent Nezot.

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